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    Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:27 pm

    Russia and India sign major military, nuclear deals

    RIA Novosti

    12/03/201020:17

    MOSCOW, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and India signed on Friday a host of high-profile deals during Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's working visit to the country.

    The visit kicked off late on Thursday, amid many expectations as well as big money.

    New fighter jet contract
    Russia and India have signed a $1.5-billion contract on the supplies of 29 more MiG-29K Fulcrum-D carrier-based fighter jets to New Delhi.

    The start of the supplies is scheduled for 2012.

    The two countries signed an earlier contract stipulating the supply of 12 single-seat MiG-29Ks and four two-seat MiG-29KUBs to India in January 2004. The contract is part of a $1.5-billion deal to deliver the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, currently being retrofitted in Russia for the Indian Navy.

    India's first MiG-29Ks and MiG-29KUBs officially entered service earlier this year.

    Indian and Russian officials said a contract on the joint development of the new fifth-generation fighter would be signed within the next few months.

    Gorshkov deal

    The two countries have also signed a deal on upgrading the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, following an earlier statement from the Indian government's security committee that it would allocate $2.3 billion to retrofit the ship.

    The initial refit agreement of $750 million went up by an additional $1.5 billion. In line with the contract, the aircraft carrier will be handed over to India by 2012.

    The Admiral Gorshkov is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier, originally named Baku. The ship was laid down in 1978 at the Nikolayev South shipyard in Ukraine, launched in 1982, and commissioned with the Soviet Navy in 1987.

    It was renamed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 1994, following a boiler room explosion, the Admiral Gorshkov sat in dock for a year for repairs. In 1995, it briefly returned to service and in 1996 was finally withdrawn and put up for sale.

    The ship has a displacement capacity of 45,000 tons. It has a maximum speed of 32 knots and an endurance of 13,500 nautical miles (25,000 km) at a cruising speed of 18 knots.

    Glonass project


    Russia and India have signed several deals to establish a joint venture to produce navigation equipment for GPS and its Russian equivalent Glonass, including the use of the Glonass system for defense needs.

    "We have signed a deal on the use of the Glonass system, specifically on commercializing this system, that is, the production of equipment. The second deal [is concerned with] the use of the Glonass signal for defense needs," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said.

    Glonass - the Global Navigation Satellite System - is the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian use. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters.

    The Glonass navigation satellite system is expected to start operating worldwide by the end of 2010. As soon as global operations are launched, India will be able to use the civilian signal, allowing users to determine their position to within five to 15 meters.

    India could offer new NPP construction site to Russia

    India could provide Russia a third site for the construction of new nuclear power plants.

    "There is Haripur, there is Kudankulam, and there will be another," said Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's state-controlled nuclear power corporation Rosatom.

    He did not indicate where the new site could be located.

    He said a total of 12 nuclear power units are to be built at the first two sites.

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said that under the new array of agreements just signed, up to 16 reactors would be built on "three construction sites."

    SK Jain, chairman and managing director of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), said Wednesday India had "an overall plan up until 2050" and in this context Russian participation was seen as "important."

    He added that the cost of the reactors was $1,600 per kilowatt.

    Russian company Atomstroyexport has been building two reactors for the plant since 2002 under a 1988 Indian-USSR deal.


    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/india/2010/india-100312-rianovosti01.htm

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Baajirao on Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:08 pm

    Whither India-Russia relations?


    A Russian TV channel screens a Hindi movie every Friday night complete with dubbing or subtitles. And Bollywood song and dance routines are a hit with Russian teenagers.

    But there are other undercurrents. Seven of us - all Indians - boarded the Krasnaya Strella night train to Moscow from St Petersburg. One of the attendants on the train was overheard remarking: the Indians have taken over the train! The observation sounded racist to some of us although it may not have been so intended. We experienced no overt display of racism in the streets, on the contrary people were cooperative once they understood our requirement conveyed in bad Russian.

    That said, there's no doubt that despite broad support at the highest levels of government in both capitals, the India-Russia relationship is adrift, with virtually no backing from a largely indifferent mid level bureaucracy. There are no big ideas, no multi-billion dollar trade figures comparable to say India and China. (The nuclear trade looks uncertain at this point given international strictures and opposition from within India to nuclear plants).

    The impact is most visible in defence, seen as the pillar of the relationship. The rejection of the MiG-35 fighter in the early stages of India's MMRCA competition has left many Russians feeling slighted. Delhi's choice of the American C-17 cargo aircraft has left others incredulous: "You are ready to pay $4 billion for 10 aircraft, which means each aircraft costs $500 million. And you still say the Russian Il-78 cargo aircraft is expensive even though it costs much less. That's politics."

    The Russians realise the market they've dominated for three decades is coming to an end. It's visible in the empty order books of Russian naval shipyards once the last line of Talwar class frigates are delivered in the next few years.

    The Russians are hoping to win the order for six conventional submarines to be built in India under technology transfer, but they know there will be competition. They've already signed up with the Spanish submarine maker Navantia. They're exploring other options, for instance, a high speed patrol boat for the Navy and Coast Guard called the Mangust. It's faster than any patrol boat presently in the navy's inventory. They are also pushing helicopters which every Indian air force and naval pilot acknowledges are rugged and reliable.

    But many sections of the Indian military have been driven to frustration by Russia's bureaucracy, the delay in supply of spares, and the lack of timely maintenance support. Indian procedures are also to blame. There seems to be little forward thinking, almost no systematic approach to procurement and unfortunately, no lack of money!

    Given the size of the Indian gravy train, the hunger is for the best and so the hunt for options. Options also lessen dependence on one source, a cardinal and expanding India principle. So while Ruskie dominance will end, perhaps Bollywood will endure

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:43 am

    First of all the comment on the train:

    The x have invaded the train.

    If you had been a group of Australians would the comment be racist... especially in regard to the fact that Australian is not a race?

    If a large number of Germans got on board the train and the comment was that the Germans have invaded the train... would that be racist... German not being a race either.

    I have heard racist remarks made when people of distinctly different ethnicity got onto a bus and I can tell you your example sounds harmless.

    A large group of Russians get on an Indian train and someone comments the Russians are coming is it worth making a big deal out of it? I don't think so.

    Delhi's choice of the American C-17 cargo aircraft has left others incredulous: "You are ready to pay $4 billion for 10 aircraft, which means each aircraft costs $500 million. And you still say the Russian Il-78 cargo aircraft is expensive even though it costs much less. That's politics."

    That is not politics... it is a double standard. It took 10 years to negotiate the sale of an aircraft carrier and air wing for India with endless complaints about price increases that both sides can certainly take some blame for yet at the end of the day you will end up with a reasonable carrier for slightly more than half the cost of your deal to buy 10 transport aircraft!!!
    It seems sometimes you are prepared to spend money and sometimes you are not.

    Problems with Mig-21s seems to stem from not wanting to spend on Russian spare parts and instead buying them from dodgy venders with dodgy parts in eastern europe.
    The Mig-29K is a brand new aircraft yet you are already having shortages of spare parts... sounds to me like you skimped on the spare parts pool and the delays come from the fact that there are relatively few Mig-29Ks in service so if you didn't order any spare parts then they haven't been made yet... which kinda makes the delay understandable.

    As the sole user of the Mig-29K currently who is to blame?

    The Russians realise the market they've dominated for three decades is coming to an end.

    Dominated? I guess the Russians can be proud of all those Mirage 2000s and Jaguar aircraft they managed to sell to India, not to mention the carrier and Sea Harriers and Sea Kings.

    It's visible in the empty order books of Russian naval shipyards once the last line of Talwar class frigates are delivered in the next few years.

    Those shipyards will likely be upgraded and will also likely be starting production of vessels as well as upgrading some Russian navy vessels... the Kuznetsov carrier, three Kirov class cruisers, and three Akula SSBN (NATO TYPHOON) class vessels plus up to four Slava class cruisers all needing significant upgrades and that is not even considering new subs and ships for the Russian Navy... and of course two Mistral class carriers and some modern support vessels to operate with them.

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    Putin to visit India in November for 13th Annual Indo-Russian Summit

    Post  ricky123 on Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:26 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was believed to travel to India in October 2012 for the 13th annual Indo-Russian summit, will now be visiting India in November, Indian diplomatic sources told RIR.

    The change in the Russian President’s plans has nothing to do with reports in the Pakistani media that Putin will be making a maiden visit to India’s neighbour in the middle of October 2012. The Pakistani media has given extensive coverage about Putin’s upcoming visit to Islamabad and analysts in that country have described it as a sort of game-changer considering that no Russian President has ever visited Pakistan before.

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    Putin's India trip put off to December

    Post  ricky123 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:58 am

    Russian President has postponed his visit to New Delhi by about 8 weeks, Russian and Indian officials said on Tuesday. The Russian Government conveyed to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs that the visit was postponed due to a “domestic issue.”
    Senior officials in the Russian and Indian governments told RIR that the postponement had to do with the Russian president’s unhappiness with the outcome of Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin’s visit to India. On Monday, rumours about an indefinite postponement were doing the rounds in diplomatic circles, but spokesmen for both the Russian Embassy in New Delhi and the Indian Embassy in Moscow denied such talk. Certain Indian diplomatic sources had even hinted that such rumours were at the behest of elements in Pakistan disgruntled with the fact that Putin indefinitely put off a visit to that country.

    The likely causes of the postponement are what Russia considers India’s lack of initiative in solving Sistema’s 2G license suspension and the fact that India decided to include the 3rd and 4th units of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant within the new civil nuclear liability law. While it is unlikely that India will change its stance on the reactors or take a more proactive role in the Sistema case, the two sides agreed to December 24 as the date of the Russian president’s visit to New Delhi.

    While diplomatic relations between Russia and India remain strong, Moscow has been wary of what it considers a cosying up of relations between New Delhi and the United States. The postponement of Putin’s visit after a series of preparatory meetings were held in the Indian capital is unlikely to go down well with the Indian Government.

    A host of Russian cultural programmes that were due to coincide with the Russian president’s visit will be held as planned.


    this is really stupid.i used to like pputin. but by puttin off his visit.he is only telling india that thier relationship is only bussiness.
    russia should keep in mind that india cannot overrule the supremecourt togive license to russian Sistema..and neither can india help russia in the nuclear plant issue.it just wont happen .i dont know what putin is trying to achieve here .. really very disappointed angry

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  TR1 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:22 am

    You do understand international leaders postpone visits and out right cancel them all the time?

    Domestic issues are more important than even India.
    These rumors are just that- I HIGHLY doubt, Putin, who is not new to international relations, got butthurt and decided to not visit India as a result.

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  ricky123 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:05 pm

    TR1 wrote:You do understand international leaders postpone visits and out right cancel them all the time?

    Domestic issues are more important than even India.
    These rumors are just that- I HIGHLY doubt, Putin, who is not new to international relations, got butthurt and decided to not visit India as a result.
    i totally agree . but this time it is really the same reason above which i mentioned
    cuz putin's deputy who is in india now also made these comments but stayed short of saying these were thee real reason for postponment of the visit ......he just said that they want all agreements to be in place before putin comes to india so the visit adds more substance....

    .plus there is another problem . apart from the nuclear plant being included in the liability law. india has to inform moscow about the escalating cost. and there r tons of cultural programes india had arranged for putin.which now will still go on without putin in the country.. Rolling Eyes


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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Cyberspec on Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:58 am

    ricky123 wrote:he is only telling india that thier relationship is only bussiness. angry


    Off course it's business. That is India's choice anyway for some time now (since the 90's)...

    Here's another 'friendly' gesture

    US pips Russia as 'lowest bidder' for heavy-lift 15-chopper deal

    NEW DELHI: The US is now all set to bag yet another mega Indian defence deal, with the iconic Boeing-manufactured Chinook heavy-lift helicopters emerging as the cheaper option than its strong contender the Russian Mi-26 choppers....

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-pips-Russia-as-lowest-bidder-for-heavy-lift-15-chopper-deal/articleshow/16985381.cms

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  ricky123 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:44 pm

    Cyberspec wrote:
    ricky123 wrote:he is only telling india that thier relationship is only bussiness. angry


    Off course it's business. That is India's choice anyway for some time now (since the 90's)...

    Here's another 'friendly' gesture

    US pips Russia as 'lowest bidder' for heavy-lift 15-chopper deal

    NEW DELHI: The US is now all set to bag yet another mega Indian defence deal, with the iconic Boeing-manufactured Chinook heavy-lift helicopters emerging as the cheaper option than its strong contender the Russian Mi-26 choppers....

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-pips-Russia-as-lowest-bidder-for-heavy-lift-15-chopper-deal/articleshow/16985381.cms

    russia has itself to blame . currupt officials .project delays .bribing indian officers all those add up .plus if india is shifting then it is cuz the russian left a vaccum in the relationship.. russia still want to play buyer and seller kind of a thing. but the americans from the start if u look at all pressi breifings they call india a equal partner or a strategic ally ...u can say americans have better PR skills ... what has happened is russia took india for granted .but even today no other country can match russia in the tot that they give india .maybe france but france has very little to offer ..i dont know why but russia is increasingly looking to the west mostly europe instead of concentrating on the east . the west economies are in shambles .but if ulook at all the eastern countries they r doing pretty well .

    i think russia can still pull it back in .cuz the people to people relations between russia and india is very good .almost evry1 trust and respect russians in india..

    but remember there r no permamnent friends or foe in this great game.

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Cyberspec on Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:01 am

    Endless excuses and whinging for everything....just curious, is anything ever India's fault?

    Actually it's pretty simple. Guided by your sometimes irrational fear of China, you are quite happy to play the role of a vassal. That is official Indian policy that has little to do with PR (I'd be very worried if your government policy is guided by PR). Quite strange position for a country of over a billion people.

    If you think I'm exaggerating, has India lately for example taken an independent position in the UN....nope, quite happy to tow the party line even when it blatantly goes against your own national interests.

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  GarryB on Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:16 am

    Money was no object when it came to the MRCA deal for some stopgap fighters, they have ended up with 126 Rafales that will cost 20 billion when the competition from the outset was clearly for 10 billion but no one cares.

    Now they are picking an inferior lifting helicopter because it is slightly cheaper?

    I would suggest asking Mig to enter the MRCA competition was fraud because they were never going to be allowed to win.

    I would also suggest that Mil have a case along a similar vein.

    Of course the Russian AF will benefit because they will be getting a further improved heavy lift helo.

    but remember there r no permamnent friends or foe in this great game.

    That is Americas mantra and is a direct result of the way they treat their "allies".

    India is a friend of Russia, but if India thinks it can get a better deal from the US and pushes away from Russia because it thinks it might get the same sort of cooperation with the US that they get with Russia but with higher tech stuff... well... just look at the UK and its relationship with the US.

    Current extradition laws between those best buddies mean for the UK to extradite a US citizen they need hard evidence of a serious crime. For the US to get a UK resident extradited they just have to ask.

    Their special relationship doesn't even extend to the source codes to the F-35 the UK will be buying, it seems 2 billion dollars in development money buys them nothing at all.


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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  ricky123 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:44 pm

    Cyberspec wrote:Endless excuses and whinging for everything....just curious, is anything ever India's fault?

    Actually it's pretty simple. Guided by your sometimes irrational fear of China, you are quite happy to play the role of a vassal. That is official Indian policy that has little to do with PR (I'd be very worried if your government policy is guided by PR). Quite strange position for a country of over a billion people.

    If you think I'm exaggerating, has India lately for example taken an independent position in the UN....nope, quite happy to tow the party line even when it blatantly goes against your own national interests.

    first of all we r not scared of china .india and china will lose a lot if they fought.but will gain a lot if they worked together..both india and china recognise this
    and yes pr important for india .cuz itis a democratic country .they have to keep the people happy... and as i said before russia left a vaccum . the ussr was much closer to india then the present day russia. if u look most of thedeals were made by ussr and not the present day russia. even the nuke plant was signed in 1988 . i know this is a millitary forum but i have to say ussr and india had alot going on before then itis now.. more india movies shown in russia. there were a lot of india students going to russia before then they r today .there is less coperation in the feild of science .isreal is coperating more with india in that feild now ..

    gary i agree with u 100% russia does share the hightech stuff. thanks to russia wemay soon have our own nuclear sub ....

    but when it comes to usa ..i doubt india wants tobe a ally withthem. even if india become one they wont be like uk .but will be more like france pirat

    regarding the mmrca ther were other jets like grippen and f16s which dint really belong in the tender . cuz india clearly wanted 2 engines multirole fighter...
    i am not sure how the mmrca went from $10 bil to $20 bil maybe sujoy can throw some light on this ..

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  ricky123 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:03 pm

    Cyberspec wrote:Endless excuses and whinging for everything....just curious, is anything ever India's fault?

    That is official Indian policy that has little to do with PR (I'd be very worried if your government policy is guided by PR). Quite strange position for a country of over a billion people.

    If you think I'm exaggerating, has India lately for example taken an independent position in the UN....nope, quite happy to tow the party line even when it blatantly goes against your own national interests.
    india has a history for voting against usa in the un .. and india has always stood up for what it beleaves in .

    Actually it's pretty simple. Guided by your sometimes irrational fear of China, you are quite happy to play the role of a vassal.
    if ur saying we r trying to cosy up with usa cuz of fear of china ?
    ur wrong . china has always been there and we know how to deal with them on our own..

    and i dont know what u meant by india playing a vassal .maybe
    u mean india is acting like pakistan with usa .. but i have to tell u we pay for our stuff .we dont get anything for free from usa neither do we want it..

    india's official policy is to be nonaligned .it is the founder of that group ..
    i know ur pissed off cuz russia lost a lot of deals but as i have said before india always has some thing for russia .now we will only know that when mr.putin finds some time to come to india lol Smile

    this article says what i really meant when i said russia left a vaccum which is filled by west http://indrus.in/articles/2012/10/29/building_brand_russia_in_india_18699.html

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    India clears deal for 10,000 Russian anti-tank missiles

    Post  ricky123 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:00 pm

    The Indian Cabinet Committee on Security cleared a deal where the Indian Army would buy 10,000 Russian-origin Konkurs-M anti-tank guided missiles, PTI said. The deal is valued at $223 million, according to the agency.



    The missiles would be used for the Mechanised Infantry and Infantry battalions of the Army, sources told PTI. The Konkurs-M will be used to augment the anti-tank arsenal in the army, PTI cited the sources as saying.

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Cyberspec on Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:27 am

    ricky123 wrote:and i dont know what u meant....


    Hmm...what I wrote stands. I could go on but it's best if we just agree to disagree...I can't be bothered to argue

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  suryakiran on Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:01 pm

    Cyberspec wrote:Endless excuses and whinging for everything....just curious, is anything ever India's fault?

    Actually it's pretty simple. Guided by your sometimes irrational fear of China, you are quite happy to play the role of a vassal. That is official Indian policy that has little to do with PR (I'd be very worried if your government policy is guided by PR). Quite strange position for a country of over a billion people.

    If you think I'm exaggerating, has India lately for example taken an independent position in the UN....nope, quite happy to tow the party line even when it blatantly goes against your own national interests.

    Since the opening up of the Indian economy, we are driven by our national interests. For your information, the only country which has a worse recording in voting against the US is Cuba. Not China, not Russia. And this stands till date. Recently or historically. No American company, I state, has been oked for nuclear energy production, though that is what they expected. But, we do deal with Russia, France and Israel. These countries are who we define as partners. The rest are just sellers to us.

    As far as China is concerned, Indian interests are not defined purely on the eastern front. Its defined as the IOR region. This is what drives our rapid military expansion. We do not have pacts with any country which is anti-China. Which would have been the case if you were right. But we do have a pact with a GCC country, yup a defence pact. This is the only country India will back militarily if its attacked. Again, driven by our economic interests. Also, you will appreciate, that military procurement is based on capabilities and not intentions of the opponent (perceived or not).

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    Interview with Indian Ambassador to Russia

    Post  Austin on Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:58 pm

    Indo-Russian ties based on “substance, not rhetoric” - Ajai Malhotra

    In an exclusive interview with RIR, the Indian Ambassador to Russia talks about the entire gamut of bilateral issues.

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    RUSSIA - INDIA Commercial Contracts

    Post  Sujoy on Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:36 am

    RUSSIA & INDIA will jointly produce the SSJ 100 and MS 21


    Rossiyskaya Gazeta wrote:The 19th meeting of Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) decided to go for joint investment in at least a dozen of major projects with an aim of boosting bilateral trade turnover between the two countries. The most promising of these projects appears to be the joint production of two types of commercial aircraft in India.


    The joint project on the Russian production of commercial aircraft includes both the Sukhoi Superjet-100, now being built in Russia, and the futuristic aircraft Irkut MS-21, production of which will start soon.
    http://indrus.in/economics/2013/10/07/joint_production_of_ssj-100_highlight_of_moscow_irigc_meeting_29977.html

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  flamming_python on Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:44 am

    Sujoy wrote:RUSSIA & INDIA will jointly produce the SSJ 100 and MS 21


    Rossiyskaya Gazeta wrote:The 19th meeting of Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) decided to go for joint investment in at least a dozen of major projects with an aim of boosting bilateral trade turnover between the two countries.  The most promising of these projects appears to be the joint production of two types of commercial aircraft in India.


    The joint project on the Russian production of commercial aircraft includes both the Sukhoi Superjet-100, now being built in Russia, and the futuristic aircraft Irkut MS-21, production of which will start soon.
    http://indrus.in/economics/2013/10/07/joint_production_of_ssj-100_highlight_of_moscow_irigc_meeting_29977.html
    Wow that's quite the turn of events there..
    Any other confirmation?

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Sujoy on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:58 am

    flamming_python wrote:Wow that's quite the turn of events there..
    Any other confirmation?
    15 Hi Tech Collaborations are being fast tracked . You can get the details here

    http://indian.ruvr.ru/2013_09_23/India-Russian-Trade-and-Investment-forum-to-fast-track-15-Hi-Tech-collaborations-3058/


    This is apart from the Railway Line that India is constructing in Iran that will enter Russia in Dagestan .

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    India bats for Russia interests

    Post  Indian Flanker on Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:23 am

    Full article here:

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140307/jsp/frontpage/story_18054272.jsp#.UxuBvs7mfIU
    Excerpt:

    New Delhi, March 6: India has said Russia holds “legitimate interests” in Ukraine, becoming the first major nation appearing to publicly lean towards Moscow at a time it is largely isolated internationally over its military intervention in the Crimean Peninsula.

    National security adviser Shivshankar Menon has said India wants the confrontation between the West and Moscow over Ukraine resolved peacefully. But he added that it also hoped that the interests of Russia and other stakeholders were taken into account.

    “We hope that whatever internal issues there are within Ukraine are settled peacefully, and the broader issues of reconciling various interests involved, and there are legitimate Russian and other interests involved…. We hope those are discussed, negotiated and that there is a satisfactory resolution to them,” Menon said today.

    Menon’s reference to Russia’s “legitimate interests” sparked a sharp diplomatic response from Kiev.

    Russia is India’s largest defence supplier — and an ally that stood by New Delhi in times when much of the rest of the world treated it as a pariah, like when India tested nuclear weapons in 1974 and 1998.





    So, India has so far become the only major nation to come out publically in support of Russia. The fact that India says Moscow has "legitimate interests" cleary states which side India stands firmly.

    Ukraine has reacted very sharpely to India's open support towards Russia.


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    Post  Indian Flanker on Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:29 am

    Full article:Here


    INDIA (INTELLIHUB) — Political representatives from India have weighed in on the crisis in Crimea, boldly taking the side of Russia, putting forward an even more explicit show of support than China offered earlier in the week.



    As expected, Ukraine, has reacted very sharpely:

    Menon’s reference to Russia’s “legitimate interests” provoked anger from interim representatives in Kiev.



    “We are not sure how Russia can be seen having legitimate interests in the territory of another country,” Roman Pyrih, the media secretary at the Ukrainian embassy in New Delhi, said. “In our view, and in the view of much of the international community, this is a direct act of aggression and we cannot accept any justification for it.”


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    Post  Indian Flanker on Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:42 am

    http://www.firstpost.com/world/another-cold-war-why-india-cant-ignore-the-crimea-crisis-in-ukraine-1416011.html


    Just few days before India's coming out in support of the "legitimate interests" of Russia in Ukraine, some people wanted India to take a firm stand. The above posted link of an article is of that view. Some excerpts from the same :

    The snowballing Ukrainian crisis threatens to be a game-changing global event that no major power in the world, including India, can afford to ignore. The fast-paced unfolding events in Ukraine have the potential to revive yet another Cold War era between the familiar adversaries – the United States and Russia.

    Putin perhaps was not so emphatic with the US over other global flashpoints, including the Georgia issue in 2008. But this time the Russians are feeling the heat and are apprehensive of the Western world’s designs in their very backyard: Ukraine. For Putin, Ukraine is a no-go area as far as the West and NATO are concerned. If Ukraine is allowed to drift away from the centuries-old Russian influence, it would be curtains for Moscow. This clearly is the strategic consideration of Putin which is propelling his Ukraine policy.

    China’s stance on this issue is indicative of how tough it is going to be for the Russians to find international support on the Ukraine crisis. China has called for talks to find a political solution to the crisis while voicing its support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    "We condemn the recent extreme violent behaviour in Ukraine, and continue to urge all sides in Ukraine to peacefully resolve their disputes within a legal framework, and conscientiously protect the legal rights all the peoples of Ukraine," the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

    This effectively means that China is not supportive of Russia over the Ukraine issue.












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    Post  Indian Flanker on Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:40 am

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-not-to-support-western-sanctions-against-Russia/articleshow/32307749.cms



    NEW DELHI: With Russia facing sanctions from the US and some other countries after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine, India on Wednesday made it clear that it will not support any "unilateral measures" against Russian government.

    "India has never supported unilateral sanctions against any country e.g. Iraq or Iran. Therefore, we will also not support any unilateral measures by a country or a group of countries," sources in the government said here.

    The remarks came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin explained the situation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who underlined India's position on "unity and territorial integrity" of countries and hoped a diplomatic solution would be found to the issue.

    READ ALSO: Putin calls up Manmohan Singh after Russia annexes Crimea

    Earlier this month, national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon had said, "There are legitimate Russian and other interests involved and we hope they are discussed and resolved."

    The US and the EU have imposed sanctions on several officials from Russia and Ukraine accused of involvement in Moscow's actions in the Black Sea peninsula. Australia has also announced its decision to impose financial and travel sanctions on a dozen political figures from the region.

    READ ALSO: Russia could be expelled from G8, UK says

    Putin signed the treaty last night with the Russian-backed leaders of Crimea, pressing ahead with an annexation that Washington and Ukraine's new government say is illegal and unacceptable.

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    Post  Indian Flanker on Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:41 am

    http://idrw.org/?p=35402



    Attempts to isolate Russia will be counterproductive: India




    All attempts to isolate Russia over Ukraine will be counterproductive, India has concluded ahead of a crucial upcoming Brics meeting over the issue this week on the sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague.


    The Brics meeting is likely to be followed by a joint statement mentioning Ukraine. TOI has learnt that the government has arrived at 3 definitive conclusions as it is called out to explain where it stands on an issue which has ignited fears of a return to the cold war days.

    First, it has decided that the international community needs Russia’s support in handling international issues like Afghanistan, Iran and Syria and that a cold war-like situation will help nobody. The situation in Afghanistan is of particular concern to India as it looks to “like minded” countries in the region to negate any adverse impact of the international forces pullout this year.

    Second, there can’t be any military solution to issue and that even sanctions would not work as effective instruments of persuasion if they don’t come under the UN umbrella.

    Third, as India continues to abide by its traditional position of respecting territorial integrity of all countries, it wants Moscow to explore the possibility of a constructive dialogue for finding a political solution which will protect the legitimate interests of all countries.

    India will be represented at the NSS by foreign minister Salman Khurshid. China will be represented by President Xi Jinping and Russia by Khurshid’s counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has already thanked PM Manmohan Singh for being supportive of Moscow even as he faced allegations of “land grab” from the US over Crimea annexation. With India now expanding further on its display of what it describes as an understanding of Russia’s strategic interests in Ukraine, Putin is sure to feel even more pleased with the Indian stand.

    The government finds it ironic that those who were together in dealing with a very difficult situation in Syria are now pitted against each other over Ukraine. It believes that another prolonged global standoff will be disastrous for international security and economy.

    The Brics meeting will follow another important meeting in the Hague between President Obama and Xi on Monday. Obama is meeting Xi to wean China away from Moscow at a time when ties between the 2 neighbours are growing rapidly.

    Indian officials are closely looking at the outcome of this meeting as so far Beijing has done a great job of sitting on the fence and allowing both sides to interpret its actions favourably. While Putin has thanked China for looking at the situation in Crimea taking into account the “full historical and political context”, the US has pointed to Beijing’s abstention from a UNSC vote against the Crimea referendum as a proof of Russia’s isolation over the issue.

    Russia has been quick to claim support from China and India at a time when the US are threatening to impose stricter sanctions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel declaring that the Russia headed G8 did not even exist now. While the EU and the US have denounced the Crimea referendum as illegal, India had refrained from making any direct comment on it even as it talks about its “consistent” respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty.

    The Brics meet will be watched with a lot of interest by the international community as the other 2 members, Brazil and South Africa, too have not yet clearly spelt out their position. Brazil, in fact, is said to be worried about offending Russia as it doesn’t want to jeopardize the Brics summit meet scheduled in Brazil later this year. Brazil is sending its Vice-President Michel Temer to the Hague and South Africa will be represented by minister of international relations and cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.




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